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Unless otherwise noted, UIC Scholarships does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. For questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.


Current undergraduate and high school students who identify as a minority or woman who are interested in technology, computer science and engineering may apply for the Perlego Future Leaders in Tech Scholarship.

Tacuna Systems is excited to announce their new “Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship”.Women are still very much under-represented in STEM fields both in higher education and in industry. Their goal is to help equip a female student overcome this gender gap by offering a scholarship toward her studies in science, technology, engineering, or math.



Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship  Designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. The 2014 scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 with up to $30,000 being disbursed. To be eligible, the applicant must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area (all Illinois counties except: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and attend any accredited post-secondary educational facility.

Fund for Education Abroad: Rainbow Scholarship Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks.



Nadia Qazi Scholarship fund has been created to support those who want to pursue higher education and make the world a better place.



Empowering Women in tech Scholarship awards financial assistance to a female student from the U.S. interested in technology and entrepreneurship. Designli wants to award women that aspire to be business leaders in technology.

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants looks to support empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender family therapy. Graduate students may apply.



The Dr. Margaret Burroughs Scholarship Award has been designed to reach back to the community of dedicated single mothers and assist them in achieving their educational and professional goals.

The Joe Durham Scholarship is for incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students who identify as women. Applicants must be pursuing a degree related to STEM, business, and/or law.

The TransgenderFirst Scholarship is the first national scholarship to solely support transgender students on their journey to graduation with financial support. Incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

The Greater Chicago Women in Transportation Chapter (WTS) is offering financial support to female students who aspire to work on the transportation industry by offering six local scholarships for Illinois women seeking both undergraduate and graduate degrees.



The Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship assists LGBTQIA women of color who have shown an activist spirit and want to pursue a college degree. Prospective, current undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to low-income women students over the age of 35. Applicants must be pursuing an associate degree or first bachelor’s degree.

The Soroptimist International of the Americas Midwestern Region sponsors the Virginia M. Wagner Educational Award. Women students in pursuit of a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree are eligible to apply.

SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a woman and pursue an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and fields related to engineering globally. 

Zillion’s Women in STEM Scholarship offers support to incoming and undergraduate female students pursuing higher education in the following areas: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.



Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourages future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $750 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $10,000 individual grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists(through age 20).

OPALGA+ Scholarship Program The $5,000 OPALGA+ award is available to students who are planning to work with and advocate for the LGBT community. Scholarships are available to residents of Chicago and western Cook County suburbs in the greater Oak Park area.

The Red Thread Foundation for Women offers financial assistance to women students who are foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans. Applicants must be incoming, first-year undergraduate students.



The American Association of University Women’s Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship is offered to women who are at least 26 years old and are within a year of completing their associate degree or are a junior in a bachelor’s degree program. Applicants must reside or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane Counties in Illinois.

The American Association of University Women’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship is awarded to women enrolled in a STEM bachelor’s degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must have junior status and reside or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane Counties in Illinois.

The Dr. Jada Malay High Achiever Award scholarship is awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate female students with pursuing a higher education and is open to all majors.

Gammu Mu Foundation Scholarships Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen.

LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship supports high school seniors who identify as a LGBTQIA community member with financial support to continue their education.

Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award It is a fund that annually awards up to $1000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.

The Wayne F. Placek Grants is a grant that hopes to support research in heterosexual attitudes and behaviors towards LGBT people, family and workplace issues related to LGBT people, and historically underrepresented research that has an impact on LGBT communities. Graduate or Doctoral students may apply.



The 1000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for college-aged women throughout the United States. The intention is to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition.

Brown & Caldwell is a consulting firm which offers five (5) diverse scholarships in areas, such as STEM focused and LGBTQIA scholarships. Undergraduate junior, senior, and graduate students may apply.

The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Full-time undergraduate junior, seniors, and graduate students may apply.

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting supports the advancement of women in the accounting profession through the funding of education, research, career literature, publications and other projects. Incoming and current undergraduate students may apply.

Jean Paul Ohadi Foundation The JPO Foundation was formed to help organizations aid in the treatment, education, support and understanding of Bipolar disorder and against society's prejudice against his sexual orientation. Each year the PFLAG Deerfield Chapter has helped in the selection of young people who have submitted evidence of their academic achievement and their involvement in the LGBTQ community. Must be Illinois resident and undergraduate.

The Advanced Navigation student grant program is an opportunity for high achievers and motivated students to gain extra financial support.



The AWMF/NCTA- The Internet and Television Association Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student to create an original piece (essay, digital short, video, animation or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels.

The WomenIn Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students with a career interest in art, animation, programming, and engineering. Applicants must identify as women.



ABC Wildlife is introducing a scholarship designed to increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of science, including technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Education Scholarship is for incoming and current undergraduate women students interested in a career in the automotive industry. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships Funds scholarships for LGBTQ or ally students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics related fields.

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community.

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus encourages and promotes the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues. Graduate students may apply.

Out To Innovate™ Scholarship was designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ students in STEM careers. Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply.

Ruth Benedict Book Price Competition The Ruth Benedict Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic.


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Committee on LGBT History  The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and queer history; prize descriptions are below. Calls for prizes are announced in the early summer of each year; submissions are due to prize committee members in the fall. The prizes are awarded each year in early January at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Point Scholarships The Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Awarded on a "last provider" basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to secure as much outside funding as possible.


Human Rights Campaign works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights

UIC Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) (GSC) provides students with dynamic programming and resources around gender identity sexual orientation and their intersections with other identities in education and resources. provides listings of more national and local LGBTQ scholarships, in addition to other campus resources.